Access to Social Services in Rural America: The Geography of the Safety Net in the Rural West
This paper, written by Scott W. Allard and Jessica Cigna of the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center, investigates social service provision in two high poverty rural regions in the American West by using unique survey data of social service agencies in California, Oregon, and New Mexico. The authors attempt to answer several important policy research questions: what types of assistance are readily available to the rural poor? How are programs in rural areas funded? How stable is program funding and service provision?